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?? and advice for buying a straw bale home

 
Aisha Jacqueline Sibi
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I am seriously considering purchasing a property with a straw bale home that is about 17 years old in a climate with 4 intense seasons.   Compared to the worn out, off grid cabins and mobile homes we have considered the home looks like a dream.   However I am learning about issues people have had with straw bale construction such as water getting in walls and inefficiency or drafty.  I understand resale isn't great because banks generally won't finance.  I love the style and looks of these homes.   Is there anything I should consider or ask about when buying a straw bale home?   How easy is it to repair portions of old construction that may be wearing?  Thoughts? Suggestions? 
 
dejan dejanovic
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You do not have to be worry if house foundation, and roof are good. As, it is the same issue as for all type of houses >> It has to be done correctly and accurately!
I'm quite sure clay is also included, right? Clay must hold water from breaking through walls.
Inefficiency? Oposite. It is one of best material for healty living in the house.
Drafty? The point of straw, and clay is actual to perform light drafty through house. The house air will be all the time fresh, and it also preventing condesations. For example when cooking.
I was once in straw clay house, when housewife has prepair fishes on oil. The cooking oil smell has totally gone in 2-3h, thanks to clay vapor permeability.

Nothing is easy to repair, but also not scarry. You need time, and knowledge. If lacking knowledge, then a lot of time for constantly learning. If not knowledge, and time, then just money for hiring company.

Is house frame wooden, stone, bricks?
Can you post any pictures?

Suggestion: first to check foundation, and roof!
 
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